El Paso March 2014 ENEWSLETTER

MARCH  2014  LATINITAS NEWSLETTER 

Upcoming Events

CINEMA CHICAS – VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP 

March 22 from 10am-2pm; EPCC Valle Verde Campus
Local girls ages 11-17 are invited to discover how they can change the world through multimedia arts & technology. Girls are invited to get an insider sneak peek with PBS and Latinitas to make their own video production. Girls will get ready for an audio-visual adventure as they go behind the scenes to see what it takes to produce their own short film. Participants will learn skills such as writing a script, acting, filming and video editing to implement their campaign and much more. Girls will engage in short film making activities to get their media message out to the world. Aside from these fun activities, professional women in various media industries will be presenting a career panel to empower these young girls. For more information, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

KIDSPALOOZA

March 29 from 10am-4pm; Downtown Public Library

Join the fun at the 7th Annual Downtown KidsPalooza! As part of the festivities, youth are invited to create their own art masterpiece with Latinitas using watercolors, color pencils, or chalk art and discover the artist within. The all-day family event features children’s concerts, games, painting, “Make & Take” craft workshops, tours plus free transportation to a variety of educational stops throughout the downtown area and a special appearances by Curious George and Daniel Tiger! This is a great way to spend a family day downtown and expose young participants to the many activities available in the El Paso area.
Event Spotlight: Girl Power Fest

 

April 12, 10am – 3:30 pm; University of Texas at El Paso       

Latinitas is hosting a day of girl empowerment for local girls 11 to 18 years old in partnership with the Women in Business Association. This event encourages girls to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves, promote healthy lifestyles and make wise decisions.  Inspiring guest speakers will help girls learn about issues girls face and discover real solutions on how to overcome these challenges. The event will feature informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers, panelists, booth fair and multimedia presentations led by local female leaders on topics such as body image, confidence, peer pressure, media literacy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural identity and bullying. The event will also showcase a fashion show, live music, entertainment and games. Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the door.

To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-power-fest-tickets-10520357673

Event Recap: Spring Break Camp

Girls in grade 4-8th were invited to find their creative expression outlet by producing original media arts projects in the Latinitas Multimedia Arts Spring Break Camp. With the leadership of our camp leaders Bianca Castrejon and Jazmin Vasquez along with local media makers, girls learned about writing, video editing and photography techniques. Project highlights include creating an advice column, fashion board, personal zine, Girl Survival Guide (tips for youth by youth), music video, and their very own body image talk show. From behind-the-scenes activities to the front-of-the camera experience, the girls’ week-long spring break experience introduced the world of multimedia journalism.

The multimedia projects introduced girls to the field of journalism and multimedia arts through hands-on activities and field trips to KCOS-13, Telemundo and the El Paso Art  Museum. These budding journalists were eager to ask questions and put what they learned to the test. Spring Break Camp ended with a showcase of the multimedia work the girls created throughout the camp.

A special thank you to camp volunteers, leaders, speakers, KCOS-13, Telemundo and El Paso Art Museum for making Spring Break Camp 2014 a success. Our guest speakers included Jennifer Lucero, Mallonda Weston, Salvador Castaneda,  Maribel Padilla, Amie Flores, Lily Gonzalez and Stephanie Hernandez.

Club Leader Spotlight

These chicas are at the forefront of making a difference in our after-school enrichment programs, Club Latinitas.

Bianca Castrejon, Social Work major (UTEP) 

“Latinitas is important for young girls because the organization can help them with self esteem and self assurance, where it can be tough to come by at a young age. What I like most about Latinitas is its goal to empower and provide leadership skills for all Latinas. I want to help out in our community especially with empowering young Latinas.”

Gabriela Griego, Psychology major (UTEP)

I was interested in Latinitas because I think it is important to have as young women someone to look up to besides your parents and I think being able to empower them is also important. What I like most about Latinitas is the fact that it gives exclusivity to the girls in order for them to be in a comfortable environment where they are able to express themselves.

Stephanie Hernandez, Women Studies/Linguistics major (UTEP)

“I was interested in Latinitas because the idea of empowering young women through creative outlets sounded like something I’d enjoy and would love to do. [I like that Latinitas] offers guidance for young girls as well as a safe and comfortable environment. I believe [Latinitas] is important because it exposes them to different ways of having fun, educates them and gives them confidence through self expression.”

 

Daniela Lagunes, Psychology  major (UTEP)

Daniela is a seasoned Club Leader veteran. She started volunteering for Latinitas in 2010. Her advice to young Latinitas is to

“not let yourself down just because they make fun of you. Use it as an experience to respect others and the way they look [and treat you]. Be strong and speak up!”

 

Dayna Quezada, Counseling major (UTEP)   “Being a female Hispanic myself, I feel a personal connection and duty in trying to reach out to other young Latinas. What I like most [about Latinitas] is that it is an outreach organization for mostly females and I feel this group of females are the ones who need the most support.

Mara Rivas, Psychology major (UTEP)

“[I like the] opportunity to change and shape the young girl’s future and hopefully make their lives happier. I think this organization is extremely important for Hispanic girls, so they can get to know themselves better and get help from us to guide them in their future careers and personal development.”      

 

Iliana Rosales, Social Work major (UTEP)    “What [made me decide to intern] with Latinitas is that the organization helps Latina girls, and, since my major is social work this is a great opportunity. What I like the most about Latinitas is that it helps teens and girls with any issues; [volunteers] are their mentors.”

Volunteer Spotlight: Maribel Padilla
Maribel Padilla has been an integral part of Latinitas since 2012. She started as a Club Leader and is now our go-to person for multimedia design and video editing.

 

I believe very passionately in the goal Latinitas is trying to reach, which is that of empowering young Latinas to follow a career path in media and technology. As a fellow media maker, I believe the best way to strengthen my skills is to try and teach it to someone else,” adds Maribel.

 

Estela Casas inspired Maribel Padilla over 10 years ago when Estela asked her what she wanted to be when she grows up, Maribel answered she wanted to be on TV just like Estela. Forward to 2013, and Maribel just graduated last December with a Creative Multimedia Degree from NMSU and is on her way to become a leading Latina in the film industry. She is currently part of the Production Crew for KCOS-13 and aspires to one day “move to a big city and work on big film productions.

 

Her advice to future journalists and filmmakers is to “get involved in as many extra-curricular activities. Colleges like students who like to get involved.”

Partner Spotlight: PBS

 

Latinitas is teaming up with KCOS 13 (PBS) to collaboratively host a series of video production workshops within 10 Latinitas after-school programs. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address, Latinitas members are learning about film-making from a PBS Producer and recording videos inspired by the address. Ken Burns, a documentarian, and numerous partners launched the 150th anniversary celebration  as a “national effort to encourage everyone in everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech.” KCOS offers quality educational programming for over 2 million people in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. On average, 200,000 people tune in each week to the diverse set of local programs tailored to the Southwest region.

The goal of KCOS is to submit over 200 videos form El Pasoans reciting the Gettysburg Address, and KCOS  encourages viewers and readers to upload their own video the KCOS website: http://kcostv.org/ourcommunity/addressproject.php

Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser

April 5, 8am – 10am; Applebee’s Yarbrough Location 

There is nothing better than a delicious homemade breakfast to bring people together for a good cause. The Applebee’s Yarbrough location is opening its restaurant doors to the Latinitas team for this pancake fundraiser. This Flapjack Fundraiser features delicious fluffy pancakes from Applebee’s along with sausage and drink.

Tickets can be purchased for dine in or curb side pick up. Tickets are available at our office and at the event. If you would like to purchase any please contact us at:  (915) 219-8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

 

Sponsorship Opportunity

BUTTERFLY EFFECT 

May 3; Wyndham Hotel

Mark your calendar for the”The Butterfly Effect Benefit. “Tickets are $25 early bird rate and $35 at the door.

Come celebrate Mother’s Day early at The Butterfly Effect Benefit we will have brunch, spa day booths, live entertainment performances, a fashion show, inspirational guest speakers and a silent auction. Guests will feel pampered with spa day booths featuring manicures, facials, mini-makeovers, make-up consultations and swag bags on a first-come, first-serve basis. The funds generated from the event will support our scholarship campaign. *Sponsorship and booth opportunities are available (limited time). We gladly accept donations of silent auction items and door prizes. With every gift, we ensure more girls in El Paso are connected with valuable programs and mentors that motivate, educate and inspire them.

For more information, contact us at 219.8554 or alicia@laslatinitas.com. 
Latinitas Internships: Summer 2014

Become a Latinitas Intern! Latinitas is now accepting applications for candidates interested in becoming a part of our Summer 2014 Intern team! This hands-on professional opportunity is open to college and high school students who would like to gain experience, develop their portfolio and build their resume. Latinitas is offering the following internship positions:

- Educational Outreach Intern

- Editorial Intern

- Marketing & PR Intern

- Graphic Design Intern

- Video & Photography Intern

- Event Planning Intern

For additional information, visit:
http://laslatinitas.com/internship-opportunities

To apply, submit your resume to latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

Contact Us
Contact Information
phone: (915)219-8554(915)282-5639
latinitasep@gmail.com

www.LasLatinitas.com/ElPaso

10935 Ben Crenshaw #207

El Paso TX, 79935

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Girl Power Fest Inspires Leaders (El Paso, TX)

WHAT: Girl Power Fest is a girl empowerment conference featuring inspirational speakers, interactive workshops and a teen resource fair on the topics of girl power, confidence, body image and leadership.

WHO: The event is hosted by the Latinitas Teen Leadership Institute & Women in Business Association and is open to girls 10 to 18.

WHERE: UTEP Union East

WHEN: Saturday, April 12, 2014 (10AM-3:30PM)

WHY: The focus of the event is to encourage girls to build confidence, discover their voice, express themselves, promote healthy lifestyles and make wise decisions. Inspiring guest speakers will help girls learn about issues girls face and discover real solutions on how to overcome these challenges. The event will feature informative and inspirational workshops, guest speakers, panelists, booth fair and multimedia presentations led by local female leaders on topics such as body image, confidence, peer pressure, media literacy, leadership, healthy relationships, cultural identity and bullying. An information fair will highlight booths featuring community groups and local youth resources. Pre-teen and teen girls will discuss the challenges facing girls today and explore positive ways to deal with stress through hands-on creative expression activities revolving around poetry, acting, photography, art and song. Girls will also enjoy dance performances, a fashion show and music entertainment. A limited number of scholarships are available and group discounts may apply.

HOW: Get your tickets now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-power-fest-tickets-10520357673

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Butterfly Effect Benefit (El Paso, TX)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Alicia Rascon
915.219.8554
alicia@laslatinitas.com

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH & SPA DAY BENEFITS LATINITAS

El Paso, TX – The “Butterfly Effect Benefit” scholarship fundraiser aims to pamper, feed, entertain, relax and delight mothers, daughters and guests. Latinitas will host this event celebrating mothers on May 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the weekend before Mother’s Day, at the Wyndham Hotel by the airport El Paso. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $35 at the door. The benefit is geared towards local female leaders.

 

The Butterfly Effect fundraiser will start off with a light brunch catered by the Wyndham Hotel, while live musical and dance performances provide entertainment. Guest speakers will share an inspirational message with guests. Manicures, mini-makeovers,and makeup consultations will all be available as part of the admission courtesy of Milan Cosmetology Institute and Milan Salon & Spa.

 

Participants will also have the opportunity to win prizes and bid on a number of items in a silent auction.  As part of the celebration of mothers, Latinitas will also host an essay and poetry contest focused on Mother’s Day and the top winner will be recognized at the festivities. Dedicated to building the self-esteem and confidence of its girls, Latinitas will present a fashion show featuring clothing by local boutiques and modeled by Latinitas members. This special day of recognition offers the opportunity to honor mothers and motherly figures, to celebrate Latinitas’ services and commitment to the community, and to raise funds for their college scholarship campaign. Money is raised through admission fees, sponsorships, vendor booth fees, silent auction of themed gift baskets, and raffles for the Latinitas scholarship campaign.

 

Latinitas is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Hispanic girls through media, art, culture and technology. Through creative expression workshops, after-school programs and camps, the girls build confidence about themselves and gain a higher self-esteem. Latinitas encourages girls to express themselves through multimedia enrichment lessons on writing, graphic art, desktop publishing, web design, photography, filmmaking and radio production.  Positive mentors encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior.  Latinitas youth members also produce LatinitasMagazine.org, a digital empowerment magazine by and for Latina youth.

 

The Butterfly Effect mother-daughter fundraiser hopes to help Latinitas spread its wings of positive influence to reach more of the region’s girls by emphasizing the importance of creative expression and confidence during their metamorphosis into strong women. The event’s name reflects the organizations belief that together, big changes are possible.  Tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/butterfly-effect-benefit-tickets-11008485677 For more information about the event, call 219-8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit LasLatinitas.com.

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Support Latinitas Fundraiser

BUTTERFLY EFFECT BENEFIT – May 3 (El Paso, TX)
Mark your calendar for the “The Butterfly Effect Benefit” on May 3 at the Wyndham Hotel from 9am to 1pm. Come celebrate Mother’s Day early at The Butterfly Effect Benefit with spa day booths, manicures, fashion show, brunch, live musical entertainment, dance performances, inspirational guest speakers and a silent auction. Guests will feel pampered with spa day booths featuring manicures, facials, mini-makeovers, make-up consultations and swag bags on a first-come, first-serve basis. The funds generated from the event will support the Latinitas scholarship campaign. With every gift, we ensure more girls in El Paso are connected with valuable programs and mentors that motivate, educate and inspire them. Get your tickets now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/butterfly-effect-benefit-tickets-11008485677

Amplify Austin

The Greatest 24 Hours to Crank Up the Giving!

I Live Here, I Give Here believes in amplifying the power of your generosity! Support Latinitas by scheduling your gift during this festival of giving. Debuted in 2013, Amplify Austin is a 24-hour city-wide rally of giving that provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together and help hundreds of nonprofits that are meeting critical needs. All of these organizations play an important role in making our city a better place to live. Amplify Austin raises much-needed funds for nonprofits of all sizes, in all areas of service, and we leave the choosing to you. The Latinitas team is excited to partner with Amplify Austin to raise needed funds to support our Latina youth empowerment programs. Every donation makes a difference. Your gift helps provide free after-school programs, camp scholarships, girl empowerment conferences and college scholarships for girls in our program. Contributions can help provide a camera for a photography class, art supplies for a multimedia arts camp, computers for a web design workshop and a digital media toolkit for our youth reporters. Help put media in the hands of young girls and help their voice be heard.

Media Divas Camp Encourages Girls to Express Themselves (El Paso, TX)

Local Girls Produce Their Own Media This Spring Break
Who: Girls ages 9-13 are invited to develop their media skills in this camp hosted by Latinitas and led by local media makers.
What: The Latinitas Media Divas Spring Break Camp is a full-week camp where girls learn how to create their own multimedia arts projects  photography, writing, art, design, radio production and film-making.
Where: Latinitas El Paso Headquarters located at 10935 Ben Crenshaw #207, El Paso, TX, 79935
When: March 10-14 from 9:00am – 5:00pm
Why: This Spring Break, girls in grades 4-8th are invited to find their creative expression outlet by producing original media arts projects in the Latinitas Media Divas Spring Break Camp.  The camp features hands-on workshops led by local multimedia makers as well as tours of local TV and radio stations. Campers will create daily creative expression projects such as an art mural, poetry, photo essays and short films. The camp is aimed at encouraging girls to build confidence, discover their voice and learn how the can get their voice heard and make an impact through media.

How: To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit www.LasLatinitas.com/ElPaso  Participants can register for the full-week or daily. A limited number of scholarships are available.

El Paso Program Bulletin March 2014

BE YOUNIQUE SELF-ESTEEM MOTHER & DAUGHTER WORKSHOP
March 1 from 10:00am-1:00pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
Girls and moms are invited to join us for a series of creative expression workshops aimed at encouraging confidence building and bonding. Mom and daughter teams are invited to join us for a workshop series with hands-on activities on self-esteem, body image, bullying, wellness & inner beauty. This workshop provides a safe space where girls can express themselves and boost their confidence. Upcoming Workshops: April 5 & 26. Each workshop is $5 per person. Discounts available for signing up for multiple workshops. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

WONDER WOMEN! INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
March 8 from 10:30am-2:30pm
Main Public Library (1400 N. Oregon)
Girls and moms are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day for activities promoting girl power, confidence and self-expression. The event features a film screening of “Wonder Women,” a film about strong women leaders, as well as hands-on art, poetry and musical activities. The FREE workshop is presented by the American Association of University Women and Latinitas. For more information, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

SPRING BREAK CAMP (MARCH 10-14)
March 10-14 from 9am-5pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #2o7
This Spring Break Camp, girls in grades 4-8th are invited to find their creative expression outlet by producing original media arts projects in the Latinitas Multimedia Arts Spring Break Camp. In this week-long day camp program, girls will explore multimedia arts such as photography, writing, art, design, radio production and film-making. The camp features hands-on workshops led by local multimedia makers. Campers will create daily creative expression projects such as art, poetry, photo essays and short films. To register, visit: http://laslatinitas.com/ programs/registration

TEEN MAGAZINE MINI-INTERNSHIP (MARCH 10-14)
March 10-14 from 1pm-5pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #2o7
During Spring Break, teen girls have the opportunity to become a teen magazine editor for a week. Through this mini-internship, teens gain hands-on experience by working on pieces that will be published in Latinitasmagazine.org. They will work together to create a high school survival guide, blog, and voice their opinion on critical topics affecting Latina teens today. Teen interns meet with media professionals and college mentors to form the foundation of an advice column and a high school survival guide.

CINEMA CHICAS – VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
March 22 from 10am-2pm
EPCC Valle Verde Campus
Local girls ages 11-17 are invited to discover how they can change the world through multimedia arts & technology. Girls are invited to get an insider sneak peek with PBS and Latinitas to make their own video production. Girls will get ready for an audio-visual adventure as they go behind the scenes to see what it takes to produce their own short film. Participants will learn skills such as writing a script, acting, filming and video editing to implement their campaign and much more. Girls will engage in short film making activities to get their media message out to the world. Aside from these fun activities, professional women in various media industries will be presenting a career panel to empower these young girls. Join us for a day of creating media and empowering the local girls. The workshop will take place at EPCC Valle Verde Campus (919 Hunter at the Communications Department room number A2708 (The Tejano Tribune Newsroom).   For more information, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

YOUTH WRITERS WANTED – Weekly Writer Orientations Held on Wednesdays from 4-6:30pm
Teen girls who want to get published and develop their writing and multimedia skills are invited to become youth writers for Latinitas magazine. Latinitas serves as a forum of self-expression among female youth. Youth writers will contribute content to the LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine for U.S. Latina youth written by Latina youth, and will enhance the Latina voice by writing about issues they’re passionate about. For more information, please e-mail: latinitasyeab@yahoo.com Apply Now: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/youth-editors

CLUB LATINITAS: START A CLUB AT YOUR SCHOOL
Latinitas collaborates to offer weekly after-school programs focusing on promoting confidence among local girls through hands-on creative expression lessons at local libraries, community centers, schools and housing communities. To start a club at your school, contact us at 915.219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com.

ABOUT LATINITAS

Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment and advancement of Latina youth through media, art, culture and technology. This grassroots coalition of women leaders provides media enrichment programs focused on helping Hispanic girls build confidence through creative expression. Girls in our programs publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine by and for Latina youth. Our youth-produced on-line magazine is focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to succeed. We encourage local girls to express themselves and foster a positive self-esteem through multimedia enrichment lessons on writing, arts & crafts, photography, filmmaking and radio production. By hosting educational media outreach workshops, internships, camps, conferences, retreats and after-school programs, we connect girls with positive mentors who encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, body image, leadership skills, academic skills, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior.

Contact Information
phone: (915) 219.8554
(915) 282.5639
latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
El Paso, TX 79935

http://www.LatinitasMagazine.org

Upcoming Events

MOTHER’S DAY WRITING & ART CONTEST – APRIL 28 (EL PASO, TX)
Attention teens from El Paso, Texas! Looking for a really special way to say  thanks to your mom for a lifetime of love and support? Searching for  just the right way to express your most sincere feelings about what she  means to you? What have you always wanted to tell her? By entering the  Latinitas Mother’s Day contest you can let your mom know just how  important she is, get published, and enter to win a prize basket for  your mom.

The Día de las Madres essay & art contest is focused on  inspiring Latina teens 10-19 in El Paso to write essays commending their mothers for their love and capturing the inspiration their mothers give their families all year long. Entries should highlight why your mother  or motherly figure is special to you. Latinitas invites girls to submit their work at MyLatinitas.com or via email to latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com. Submissions should be between 250 to 500 words. Art submissions can be sent in as a jpeg.

The deadline for submissions is April 28,  2014. The contest is open to Hispanic girls ages 10-19 residing in the  Greater El Paso region. The selected submissions will be featured on the LatinitasMagazine.org website.  In addition, the top winner will receive tickets to a spa day event for mom as well as a prize basket. Winners will be announced online just in time for Mother’s Day.

Butterfly Effect Brunch

Mark your calendar for the”The Butterfly Effect Benefit” on May 3, 2014 at the Wyndham Hotel.  Come celebrate Mother’s Day early at The Butterfly Effect Benefit where you can enjoy brunch, spa day booths, live entertainment performances, a fashion show, inspirational guest speakers and a silent auction. Guests will feel pampered with spa day booths featuring manicures, facials, mini-makeovers, make-up consultations and swag bags on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets are $25 early bird rate and $35 at the door. The funds generated from the event will support our scholarship campaign. Sponsorship and booth opportunities are available (space is limited). We gladly accept donations of silent auction items and door prizes. With every gift, we ensure more girls in El Paso are connected with valuable programs and mentors that motivate, educate and inspire them. For more information, contact us at 219.8554 or alicia@laslatinitas.com.

El Paso February 2014 ENEWSLETTER

EL PASO FEBRUARY 2014 E-NEWSLETTER

UPCOMING EVENTS:

MOTHER/DAUGHTER WORKSHOP:
March 1st & 15 from 10:00am-1:00pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
Girls and moms are invited to join us for a series of creative expression workshops aimed at encouraging confidence building and bonding. Mom and daughter teams are invited to join us for a workshop series with hands-on activities on self-esteem, body image, bullying, wellness & inner beauty. This workshop provides a safe space where girls can express themselves and boost their confidence. These workshops will also be held on April 5 & 26. Each workshop is $5 per person. Discounts available for signing up for multiple workshops. To register, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register online at: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

WONDER WOMEN! INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
March 8 from 10:30am-2:30pm
Main Public Library (1400 N. Oregon)
Girls and moms are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day for activities promoting girl power, confidence and self-expression. The event features a film screening of “Wonder Women,” a film about strong women leaders, as well as hands-on art, poetry and musical activities. The FREE workshop is presented by the American Association of University Women and Latinitas. For more information, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

CINEMA CHICAS – VIDEO PRODUCTION WORKSHOP
March 22 from 10am-2pm
EPCC Valle Verde Campus
Local girls ages 11-17 are invited to discover how they can change the world through multimedia arts & technology. Girls are invited to get an insider sneak peek with PBS and Latinitas to make their own video production. Girls will get ready for an audio-visual adventure as they go behind the scenes to see what it takes to produce their own short film. Participants will learn skills such as writing a script, acting, filming and video editing to implement their campaign and much more. Girls will engage in short film making activities to get their media message out to the world. Aside from these fun activities, professional women in various media industries will be presenting a career panel to empower these young girls. Join us for a day of creating media and empowering the local girls. Girls should bring $5 for lunch. For more information, call 915.219.8554, email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or visit http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: SPRING BREAK CAMP (MARCH 10-14)
March 10-14 from 9am-5pm
10935 Ben Crenshaw #207
This Spring Break Camp, girls in grades 4-8th are invited to find their creative expression outlet by producing original media arts projects in the Latinitas Multimedia Arts Spring Break Camp. In this week-long day camp program, girls will explore multimedia arts such as photography, writing, art, design, radio production and film-making. The camp features hands-on workshops led by local multimedia makers. Campers will create daily creative expression projects such as art, poetry, photo essays and short films. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost for the week-long camp is $100 which covers supplies, equipment. Discounts are available for participants who register by March 3. Space is limited. Reserve your spot with a $20 non-refundable deposit. Pre-registration is required. To register,call 915.219.8554,email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or register at: http://laslatinitas.com/ programs/registration  You can pre-pay your camp registration fee on our secure website at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/multimedia-arts-camp-for-girls-tickets-10172234427

PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: HORIZON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Latinitas hosts after-school enrichment clubs at several housing authorities, public library and school locations. Latinitas is proud to partner with Horizon Middle School in hosting Club Latinitas. Over 20 girls attend the weekly meetings on this campus to learn more about multimedia, body image, self-esteem, health and wellness, and college preparation.

Alejandra Salas, Spanish Teacher at Horizon Middle School, shares her experience with working with Latinitas: “The girls build on their self esteem and became aware of current issues that impact today’s society. It definitely helps them, and we would be interested in hosting an additional club for Latinitas. I would like to thank everyone in Latinitas for coming out and working with our students. You truly have a wonderful organization that empowers young ladies. Thank you once again!”
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY: BUTTERFLY EFFECT BRUNCH
Mark your calendar for the”The Butterfly Effect Benefit” on May 3, 2014 at the Wyndham Hotel. Tickets are $25 early bird rate and $35 at the door. Come celebrate Mother’s Day early at The Butterfly Effect Benefit where you can enjoy brunch, spa day booths, live entertainment performances, a fashion show, inspirational guest speakers and a silent auction. Guests will feel pampered with spa day booths featuring manicures, facials, mini-makeovers, make-up consultations and swag bags on a first-come, first-serve basis. The funds generated from the event will support our scholarship campaign. Sponsorship and booth opportunities are available (space is limited). We gladly accept donations of silent auction items and door prizes. With every gift, we ensure more girls in El Paso are connected with valuable programs and mentors that motivate, educate and inspire them. For more information, contact us at 219.8554 or alicia@laslatinitas.com.

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: BRIANNA CASTREJON
Briana Castrejon, a student at the University of Texas at El Paso, is a natural-born leader. She has led several workshops in our after school clubs and in our Be YOUnique, College Chica, Healthy Chica and Wellnes workshops, and the Aim High Conference. She loves leading activities and helping inspire local youth, because these programs allow them to start thinking about college as well as boost their self-esteem and self-worth.

“My sister became an intern at Latinitas, and would talk about her exciting experiences in working for this organization and the different people she was able to meet. This is what motivated me to join Latinitas…The most rewarding experiences is being able to interact with the young girls in both the workshops or the clubs. They are so happy to be with you as you are to see them. You are always learning through each other by talking about new experiences and discussing difficult topics.”

EVENT HIGHLIGHT: MUJERES MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
Mujeres Making a Difference Awards honored local Latina leaders who are making an impact. The Mujeres Making a Difference Awards Luncheon was held on February 7th to give well-deserved recognition to Hispanic women who have made significant contributions to the empowerment and well-being of the El Paso community. Ranging from diverse academic and professional fields, these women have one thing in common: they are highly innovative, natural-born leaders and act as role models to youth.

Congratulations to the winners:
NORMA FAVELA
LIZ CHAVEZ
ADELA FERNANDEZ
ESTELA CASAS
OFFICER SUSAN LARA
ADRIANA CADENA
PEMA GARCIA
YOLANDA ARRIOLA
AZURI GONZALEZ
LYDIA ESPINOZA
LORENA CASTAÑEDA
DR. VERONICA MALLETT

Un gran abrazo and special thanks to Gilbert Pineda CPA, Emajj, Cake Gals, Lady Lesliee, Around the World Catering, Ginger Raya, Angela Sustaita, Maria Morales, Gracie Cain, Emily Loya, Alexandra Castillo, Mariana West, and Latininitas volunteers and interns who made the event a success.

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: ALTAR’D STATE
This community-minded store is driven by a desire to give back to those in need. The Latinitas team is honored to have been selected as Altar’d States El Paso store charity partner for the month of January and February and to welcome Altar’d employees as volunteers during our self-esteem workshops. Mission Mondays is a charity project where every Monday 10% of net proceeds from each store go to various local charities. Altar’d State in the Fountains shopping center is an energetic fashion boutique that offers a distinctive shopping experience for women interested in the latest fashion finds, the most anticipated accessories and that next great gift. Altar’d State customers can enjoy supporting an organization that promotes confidence, civic involvement and positivity through its merchandise and involvement.

INTERNSHIPS: Spring & Summer 2014
Become a Latinitas Intern! Latinitas is now accepting applications for candidates interested in becoming a part of our Spring 2014 Intern team! This hands-on professional opportunity is open to college and high school students who would like to gain experience, develop their portfolio and build their resume. Latinitas is offering the following internship positions:
- Editorial Intern
- Marketing & PR Intern
- Graphic Design Intern
- Video & Photography Intern
- Event Planning Intern
For additional information, visit:

http://laslatinitas.com/internship-opportunities

To apply, submit your resume to latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

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